Amit Desai

Amit Desai

Director, Head of YSC India & South Africa

Amit brings closes to twenty-five years’ experience in leading P&Ls and growing businesses. His leadership roles are in a variety of sectors ranging from Media, Banking and Leadership Consulting. As an Organization Development consultant he has partnered with Boards and CEOs, helping them design their leadership strategy to enable sustainable delivery on their business vision. Amit has deep experience in a variety of consulting methodologies including psychological profiling & assessment, executive coaching and top team effectiveness. His passion and expertise extends to helping organizations develop their inclusion and diversity strategies as a key lever to drive innovation. Amit works with Fortune 500 companies across the world as well large Indian conglomerates across FMCG, BFSI and Technology sectors. Amit also works extensively in the Private Equity space partnering with Global Large Cap Funds. Key focus in this space is to help enhance the portfolio management team’s leadership impact in service of accelerating value creation. He also works with Deal and Portfolio MDs to do firm focuses work in enhancing their leadership effectiveness.

Stylistically, Amit creates a safe environment where leaders can explore freely and with depth. He assesses, challenges and supports in a collaborative manner. He is alert to the demands of the business context and helps leaders balance personal and organizational outcomes to work with energy on their goals.

Amit holds an MBA in Marketing and a Bachelors of Commerce in Finance and Accounting. An avid traveller, he is passionate about storytelling, understanding identity patterns in various cultures and food! He is currently based out of Mumbai.


“I have benefitted hugely from my executive coaching with Amit. I find him genuine, insightful and forthright. He is highly apt at reading responses, body language and demeanor during [coaching] sessions and provides focused feedback and on-point recommendations on a holistic level. I really liked  the flexibility and freedom that he brings to our sessions while ensuring that I stay focused on enhancing my leadership and commercial impact.”

Chief Marketing Officer, India,

A FTSE 100, FMCG company

“We have an ambitious agenda as a Leadership Team around Business, Leadership & Cultural transformation and several of the LT members including the Managing Director are new in their respective roles. The most important thing before we embarked on this journey was to become a team that trusts each other, a team that can rise above conflicts, a team that has enterprise thinking. The thoughtfully designed interventions facilitated by Amit from YSC helped us achieve exactly that. We engaged in in deep conversations, reflections and honest sharing of feedback. It brought the team closer and resulted into significantly evolved leadership team effectiveness.”

Chief Human Resource Officer, India,

A Fortune 500 Pharma company